We're just days away from the season-two premiere of Game of Thrones, and with all the death last season, fans are already wondering who they'll have to say goodbye to this year. Fan favorite Peter Dinklage won't tell, but he does note there's one place that might hold a few hints: the opening credits.
WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS FOR SEASON ONE AHEAD
Fans who tune in to the season premiere "The North Remembers" Sunday night will see at least one change to Game of Thrones within seconds, namely that Dinklage's name now appears first among the massive ensemble cast listed in the opening credits. Last season Sean Bean led the charge, but his character—Eddard "Ned" Stark—was killed off in the penultimate episode, leaving a hole at the top of the credits. Dinklage jumped more than 15 spots in the cast list, past co-stars Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington and Richard Madden.
A big part of this little promotion is probably that his character, Tyrion "The Imp" Lannister, has become a clear audience favorite, and he's managed to secure both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his work on the show. But Dinklage thinks there's something more to it. In fact, given the connection between his character and Bean's, he seems to be wondering if a pattern is developing in the credits.
"I feel like the credits are about what's going on in the show," Dinklage said. "Sean Bean's character gets killed and now my character is the new Hand of the King, so he goes to the front of the line. We'll see how that goes..."
Fans of George R. R. Martin's novels already know whether or not Tyrion survives the second book in the series, A Clash of Kings, but we're not going to spoil that particular nugget for you here. Dinklage might be half-joking about what role the credits play in the fate of a character, but he still seems to think they're a useful barometer for fans to track the rise and fall of the people who inhabit the Game of Thrones world.
"It's kind of funny," he said. "Every year there will be a new top of the credits. It's a way to keep track of who gets killed off and who survives."
(via Hero Complex)